Monday, October 04, 2010
In search of Djibouti's otherwordly beauty


Spoiler alert! If you still haven't seen "Planet of the Apes" after all these years, read with caution. Top photo: The scenery surrounding Lake Abhe Bad. (Photo: Courtesy Amalvict Oliver)



The final scene of "Planet of the Apes," where the Statue of Liberty is revealed, was filmed at Lake Abhe Bad. (Photos: Twentieth Century Fox)


Probably the best thing about the CNN iReport Global Challenge, other than that whole covering the globe part, is hearing cool stories about awesome places.


One of our recent faves is a set of photos from iReporter Amalvict Oliver showing the otherworldly scenery of Lake Abhe Bad, a salt lake on the border between Djibouti and Ethiopia. Djibouti is a small coastal country located in the horn of Africa near the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Yemen.


Oliver, a resident of southern France, told me he visited the lake in March 2009 because he wanted to see where portions of Charlton Heston's classic 1968 film, "Planet of the Apes," was filmed. The photos from Lake Abbe, as the lake is also known, show a harsh but beautiful landscape marked by clumpy Martian spires and the expansive blue water. It's not hard to see why filmmakers would want to go here to capture the film's post-Apocalyptic ending, featuring a cameo by the Statue of Liberty.


Most of Oliver's trip was spent near Lake Abbe, but he also visited the Moucha Islands, located a few miles off the coast. Djibouti has a thriving tourism and diving industry, and Oliver took advantage of the chance to photograph the beautiful marine life he found. People don't typically associate Africa with diving expeditions, so it was nice to hear about this aspect of life on the continent.


Now that you've read about this fascinating place, we want to hear from you. Ever been to Djibouti or one of the countries remaining on our list? We want to hear your story. Together, we can knock out the CNN iReport Global Challenge.

October 5, 2010
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wow how cool thanks nsaidi

January 1, 2016
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The Statue of Liberty scene was actually filmed on a secluded cove named Westward Beach situated between Zuma Beach and Point Dume, California.  That's the Pacific Ocean in the background.

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